Guitar lesson for
by Tyler Childers • Lesson #107
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Tyler Childers is one of the very best new country artists I’ve heard in the past few years - and this opening track from his album “Purgatory” is a terribly fun one to play. Here’s how to play it: intro riff, chords, and strumming. I’ll show it all, with a very thorough walkthrough of the intro riff (which can be a bit difficult at first). Even if you don’t pick up your guitar to play this song, I recommend giving Tyler Childers a listen! My other favorites by him include Whitehouse Road and Lady May (I have lessons for both).
Lyrics w/ chords
(capo 5th fret) INTRO E ––2––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––––|––3––––––––––––––––|––3–––––––––––––––– B ––3––––––––––––––––|––0h2––––––––––––––|––3––––––––––––––––|––3–––––––––––––––– G ––0h2–2––4–2––2p0––|––0h2––––––––––––––|––0––––––––––––––––|––0–––––––––––––––– D ––0––––––––––––––––|––0h2–2––4–2––2p0––|––0–––––0h2–4––2–0–|––0–––––0h2–4––2–0– A –––––––––––––––––––|––0––––––––––––––––|––0h2–2––––––––––––|––2h2–2–––––––––––– E –––––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––––|––3––––––––––––––––|––3–––––––––––––––– D A G G VERSE D A Well, my buckle makes impressions on the inside of her thigh G There are little feathered Indians where we tussled through the night D A If I'd known she was religious then I wouldn't have came stoned G To the house of such an angel too f*cked up to get back home D A Lookin' over West Virginia, smoking Spirits on the roof G She asked, ain't anybody told ya that them things are bad for you D A I said many folks have warned me, there's been several people try G But up till now, there ain't been nothing that I couldn't leave behind PRE CHORUS A G A G Hold me close my dear.... sing your whispering song A G A G Softly in my ear, and I will sing along CHORUS Bm A G Honey, tell me how your love runs true Bm A G A And how I can always count on you... to be there when the bullets fly G D I'd run across the river just to hold you tonight VERSE D A Well, my heart is sweating bullets, from the circles it has raced G Like a little feathered Indian, callin' out the clouds for rain D A I'd go runnin' through the thicket, I'd go careless through the thorns G Just to hold her for a minute, though it'd leave me wanting more PRE-CHORUS A G A G Hold me close my dear.... sing your whispering song A G A G Softly in my ear, and I will sing along CHORUS Bm A G Honey, tell me how your love runs true Bm A G A And how I can always count on you... to be there when the bullets fly G D I'd run across the river just to hold you tonight
Capo 5th fret!
Tyler Childers plays this song with a capo on the 5th fret - and I do too in my video lesson. As always, you can follow the tabs and chords and play the song by yourself just fine without a capo - but you’ll be in a different key from the source recording. I’ll also note, that a capo makes this song easier to play - in that the fret width becomes a bit thinner up around the 5th fret, making some of your pinky stretches easier.
How to play the chords
You’ll need these four chords for this song:
E –––2–––––––3–––2––– B –––3–––2–––3–––3––– G –––2–––2–––0–––4––– D –––0–––2–––0–––4––– A –––––––0–––2–––2––– E –––––––––––3––––––– D A G Bm
For the A-major, play it like this during the intro riff. This will free up your ring finger (left hand) to play the necessary flourish note.
E ––––––– B –––2––– <-- Use index finger G –––2––– <-- to barre the 2nd fret D –––2––– <-- on these 3 strings A –––0––– E ––––––– A
First, understand the underlying structure:
E ––2––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––––|––3––––––––––––––––|––3–––––––––––––––– B ––3––––––––––––––––|––2––––––––––––––––|––3––––––––––––––––|––3–––––––––––––––– G ––2––––––––––––––––|––2––––––––––––––––|––0––––––––––––––––|––0–––––––––––––––– D ––0––––––––––––––––|––2––––––––––––––––|––0––––––––––––––––|––0–––––––––––––––– A –––––––––––––––––––|––0––––––––––––––––|––2––––––––––––––––|––2–––––––––––––––– E –––––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––––|––3––––––––––––––––|––3–––––––––––––––– D A G G
Then, add these flourish notes. If you’re able, keep that strumming hand moving steadily, adding in the other strings as you please.
E ––2––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––––|––3––––––––––––––––|––3–––––––––––––––– B ––3––––––––––––––––|––0h2––––––––––––––|––3––––––––––––––––|––3–––––––––––––––– G ––0h2–2––4–2––2p0––|––0h2––––––––––––––|––0––––––––––––––––|––0–––––––––––––––– D ––0––––––––––––––––|––0h2–2––4–2––2p0––|––0–––––0h2–4––2–0–|––0–––––0h2–4––2–0– A –––––––––––––––––––|––0––––––––––––––––|––0h2–2––––––––––––|––2h2–2–––––––––––– E –––––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––––|––3––––––––––––––––|––3–––––––––––––––– D A G G
To start with, use all down strums - and try to give the 2nd and 4th beats an emphasis or accent.
1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + D D D D > >
If you want to flesh it out a bit, try this (down, down, down-up-down-up).
1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + D D D U D U > >
"My buckle makes impressions..." D . . . A . . . G . . . G . . . x2
"Hold me close my dear..." A . . . G . . . A . . . G . . . x2
"Tell me how your love runs true..." Bm A G . . . Bm A G . . . "To be there when the bullets fly..." A . . . G . . .
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